By CBSMiami.com Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida teen who was on a ventilator for days due to COVID-19 is recovering and speaking about her battle with the virus.

Paulina Velasquez, 15, first tested positive for COVID on July 11th. Days later, she needed a ventilator and was placed in a medically induced coma.

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She is now in fair condition and has been weaned off oxygen support.

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Velasquez spoke about how she first felt when she tested positive for COVID. “I was very scared because I had COVID and I didn’t know if like — I was just very scared to come here and I didn’t know I was gonna stay here for that many days,” she said.

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Velasquez also said that as soon as she’s eligible to get vaccinated, she will and strongly urged all who are not vaccinated to get a shot.

CBSMiami.com Team